49ers2.jpgDepartment of Public Works crews in San Francisco this weekend are sprucing up neighborhoods around Candlestick Park as they prep for thousands of fans and visitors to descend on the area for Sunday’s NFC championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and the New York Giants.

DPW workers on Saturday and Sunday plan to sweep away litter, haul away large, illegally dumped items and target graffiti in the neighborhoods around the stadium, according to a news release.

Crews are also surveying streets near the ballpark and filling potholes along well-traveled roadways.

Public works teams are already planning for post-game cleanups, both around the stadium and other spots around the city, according to the department.

“DPW is committed to ensuring the public right of way is safe and accessible so that every visitor and fan has an enjoyable experience at this championship game,” DPW’s interim Director Mohammed Nuru said.

As always, residents and visitors are encouraged to call 311 to report litter or graffiti.

Team officials announced that Bay Area pop rock trio Train will perform on the field as part of the pre-game entertainment extravaganza.

The Grammy Award-winning band, which was founded in 1994, will perform its popular song “Save Me San Francisco” prior to the game.

Other award-winning performers at the championship game include Kristin Chenoweth and Brad Paisley, who will perform the National Anthem and the halftime show, respectively.

The 49ers will host the New York Giants at 3:30 p.m. at the sold-out game at Candlestick Park. The game’s victor will advance to Super Bowl XLVI, which will be played in Indianapolis on Feb. 5.

Those who cannot watch the game either in person or on a TV screen can catch all the action on six Bay Area radio stations, according to Cumulus San Francisco, which is airing the game on all its local stations for the first time.

The game will air on KNBR 680/1050, 107.7 The Bone, KGO 810, KSFO 560 and KFOG 104.5/97.7.

Listeners can tune in to KNBR starting at 9 a.m. for extra coverage, including live updates from the football field.

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